USC vs. Utah Advanced Box Score Recap

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sport

We take a look back at how the Trojans manhandled the Utah Utes through advanced analytics.

Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here.

USC 19, Utah 3

Utah USC Utah USC
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 47.8% 50.0% Success Rate 29.3% 38.2%
Leverage % 59.4% 54.8% PPP 0.15 0.39
S&P 0.444 0.771
TOTAL
EqPts 18.7 23.9 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 27.5% 29.0% Success Rate 25.0% 17.9%
Close PPP 0.27 0.39 PPP 0.45 0.38
Close S&P 0.547 0.676 S&P 0.697 0.561
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 11.5 5.5 Number 4 0
Close Success Rate 34.4% 28.0% Turnover Pts 20.1 0.0
Close PPP 0.36 0.22 Turnover Pts Margin -20.1 +20.1
Close S&P 0.704 0.502
Line Yards/carry 2.86 1.57 Q1 S&P 0.548 0.603
Q2 S&P 0.699 0.829
PASSING Q3 S&P 0.317 0.767
EqPts 7.2 18.4 Q4 S&P 0.522 0.458
Close Success Rate 21.6% 29.7%
Close PPP 0.19 0.50 1st Down S&P 0.245 0.690
Close S&P 0.410 0.794 2nd Down S&P 0.683 0.786
SD/PD Sack Rate 13.3% / 13.6% 16.7% / 15.8% 3rd Down S&P 0.822 0.444
Projected Pt. Margin: USC +25.3 | Actual Pt. Margin: USC +16

3 thoughts...

1. The defense stepped up, especially on 1st down and in the 3rd quarter. Utah did have some success on 3rd downs, though.

2. The offense can only get better on passing downs, mainly because you can't get much worse.

3. The offensive line had a bad day in pass protection and in the running game. The line yards are way too low and the sack rate is way too high.

Tell me what you think (or if I missed something) in the comments...

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